Full Review

Firebrand

Firebrand
2017 Barrel Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Firebrand
2017 Barrel Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red licorice, berry tart, plum pudding, and no. 2 pencil with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium finish that exhibits shades of nut brittle with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry-yet-fruity Cabernet that will pair with most anything.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: red licorice, berry tart, plum pudding, and no. 2 pencil
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of nut brittle
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry-yet-fruity Cabernet that will pair with most anything.

The Producer

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers

The Producer
8418 S Lac Jac Ave
Parlier, CA 93648
USA
1 559-638-3544

Their Portfolio

90 Austerity 2017 Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco 14.5% (USA) $16.99.
88 Austerity 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
BR Austerity 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $16.99. - Bronze Medal
88 Austerity 2018 Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Austerity 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Black Cloud 2018 Barrel Reserve Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Buttercup 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Centerpiece 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Cloud Break 2018 Winemaker’s Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Reserve, Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Cloud Break 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cloud Break 2019 Winemaker’s Reserve Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $8.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Reserve, Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
86 Creamery 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Day Owl 2018 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Day Owl 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
90 Exitus 2017 Bourbon-Barrel Aged Red Blend, California 15.9% (USA) $19.99.
87 Fireband 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Fireband 2017 Barrel Reserve, Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve, Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Firebrand 2018 Reserve, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
85 Gravelly Ford 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Gravelly Ford 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $.00.
87 Harken 2018 Barrel-Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Harken 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
92 Intercept 2018 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $.00.
92 Intercept 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 15% (USA) $.00.
89 Line 39 2017 Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.75% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Line 39 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Line 39 2017 Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
85 Line 39 2018 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2016 Excursion Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Line 39 2017 Merlot, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
90 Line 39 2018 Petite Sirah, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Line 39 2017 Merlot, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Line 39 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Line 39 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Line 39 2018 Petite Sirah, California 14.5% (USA) $10.00.
BR Magna Terra 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Robert Hall 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
90 Robert Hall 2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
91 Robert Hall 2016 Artisan Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
89 Robert Hall 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
89 Robert Hall 2016 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Root Cause 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Root Cause 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.